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Siesta Key: Wiggle your toes in the finest, whitest sand around( PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SARASOTA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU )
The sand of Siesta Beach is soft and smooth, like velvet beneath your toes, silk between your fingers. It stretches out in a wide expanse of white lapped by turquoise water, and even on warm days the sand is cool and safe to navigate barefoot. I have walked along many of the loveliest beaches in the state. Siesta made me a sand snob.
The shoreline deepens gradually, so at water's edge it's shallow enough that you can lie down and let the waves roll over you. Or you can just park your towel on the sand and close your eyes, listen to the waves, take a siesta. The greatest thing to do here is nothing. Stephen Leatherman, the Florida International University professor better known as Dr. Beach, says says Siesta Key boasts some of the "finest, whitest sand I've ever seen in the world."
-- Aline Mendelsohn, Orlando Sentinel